Best books for your preschool child

Some Dogs Do

Our panel of experts has chosen ten of the best picture books to read with your preschool child. All these titles are great fun to share and will help give your 3-4 year old child a flying start when they start school.

Look out for forthcoming lists of the best books for babies and toddlers - coming soon!

  • Halibut Jackson

    Author: David Lucas
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    One day Halibut Jackson receives an invitation from the Queen to a party at the palace and starts work on his most ambitious outfit yet, a bejewelled suit of silver and gold, which he thinks will go unnoticed amid the splendours of the palace.

    Unfortunately, Halibut doesn’t realise that it is to be a Garden Party... Shortlisted for the Booktrust Ear…

  • Shark in the Park!

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    But wait it's only a cat. He looks again and there's another shark! Phew, only a crow, and the next time, it's just his dad. But as he sets off for home, is he really sure it's a shark-free park?

    Some of the fun of this book lies in the sheer incongruity of spotting a shark in this spick-and-span, candy-bright park full of smiling people. Part of the fun com…

  • The Smartest Giant in Town

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    George is the scruffiest giant in town, so he buys a new outfit to smarten himself up. On the way home, however, he meets others who are in greater need of his clothes than he is...

  • Some Dogs Do

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    One morning, Sid the dog is filled with an overwhelming feeling of happiness which – to his utter surprise – sends him floating into the sky and all the way to school!

  • Penguin

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Polly Dunbar's illustrations are gorgeous and her palette stylish - from the endearing Ben's rosy cheeks to the magnificent turquoise lion who eats him up.

  • Elephant

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 5+

    Horáček's illustrations vividly supplement this many-layered story of a lonely child who finds solace in an imaginary world.

  • LuLu Loves Stories

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    This lovely book introduces the magic of sharing stories.

  • You Choose!

    Author: Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Picture Corgi
    Interest age: 3-7

    Create your own story with this brilliant interactive book full of detailed, colourful illustrations.

  • If You're Happy and You Know It!

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Sophie Fatus
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    This lively and colourful retelling of a favourite action rhyme is accompanied by a fun watch and singalong CD.